Tampa is a busy bee of a city. One of the fastest growing cities in the Southeast, Tampa is third highest in population in Florida and a tourist hotspot. Within city limits, you have a bustling scene of rich history, arts, culture, and nightlife. With so many exciting things for residents and visitors to see and do, finding a way to get around is just a small snippet of the bigger picture – and ridesharing has been an easy solution.
Ridesharing, like Uber and Lyft have gained much popularity in the past years, and has in part transformed the way we travel. More and more people are utilizing these services for their convenience and the accessibility they offer in getting around town. However, as careful as these rideshare drivers may be, anytime we get into any vehicle, anything can happen.
Whether commuting for pleasure or work, Tampa has its fair share of traffic accidents – into the thousands per year actually. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Hillsborough County had a whopping 28,020 car crashes in 2021 with more than half of those accidents involving injuries. While rideshare drivers may take precautions, distractions happen – especially with all of Tampa’s amazing attractions. Ridesharing to all these prominent areas may be fun and is common practice now, but auto accidents shouldn’t be.
Here are some of the common causes of accidents:
- Distracted driving
- Hazardous weather and road conditions
- Impaired driving
- Fatigued driving
Should you find yourself in an accident, here are some things you should do:
- Stay calm. Check yourself for injuries, and for the well-being of other passengers.
- Move yourself and vehicles to safety, if possible.
- Call 911 and/or the police.
- Document and take photographs of the scene. Note traffic signs, road conditions, weather, etc.
- Exchange information with the other driver(s) and contact your insurance provider.
- Seek the help and advice of a trusted accident attorney.
At Hale Law, we approach each case with the upmost courage, empathy and honesty to hold accountable parties responsible so you can get the care you deserve and get back on your feet. Insurance companies have one goal in mind when it comes to car accidents – ensure their drivers are safe and to reduce their costs in any way possible. Large insurance firms frequently take advantage of customers by making unfair offers, delaying claims, and refusing to provide fair and prompt reimbursement in other ways. That means that you may not always get the compensation you deserve. Whether for you or your loved one, you have the right to fight and be heard and you need a legal team that takes your health and your claim seriously.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a driver working for Uber, Lyft, or another ridesharing company, it is important that you take legal action right away after your crash to protect your rights. We are committed to getting you the highest recovery after being injured in a rideshare car accident: Call 941-735-4529.